Tangerine Reef is a full-length audiovisual album by Animal Collective (Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist, but no Panda Bear this time round), in collaboration with the deep-sea art-and-science duo Coral Morphologic, comprised of marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay.
Commemorating the 2018 International Year of the Reef, Tangerine Reef is a visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral and cameos by alien-like reef creatures. Tangerine Reef is the sight and sound of a literal underwater collective of animals.
Coral Morphologic first met Animal Collective after a Miami screening of the band’s first visual album Oddsac in 2010, by giving Deakin a DVD-R of their first coral film demos. After hitting it off over a mutual love for underwater exploration, subsequent collaborations include Geologist’s soundtracking of Coral Morphologic’s short film Man O War in 2011.
In 2017, the Borscht Film Festival commissioned Coral Orgy, a collaborative site-specific performance by Animal Collective and Coral Morphologic ‘celebrating the cosmic synchronicity of sex on the reef’. The success of this performance ultimately led to this studio recording of Tangerine Reef. Animal Collective also performed this material live at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption earlier this year.